Employment Bulletin
January 2023
Decrease in unemployed jobseekers in January

At the end of January, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 258,000, down 15,700 on the previous year. Compared with December, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 2,400. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 140,400, or 4,300 fewer than in January a year ago, were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 19,700 in January, up 2,000 from January a year ago. In January, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 46,300, representing a decrease of 2,000 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 1,900 from December. The number of starting periods is always greater than the number of job searches because new unemployment periods are also registered from the existing groups of jobseekers.

The number of foreign citizens among unemployed jobseekers totalled 35,800, up 4,900 from January a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 9,400 at the end of January, down 300 from the year before.

In January, 22,400 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 1,200 less than in December. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 6,800 from January a year earlier. In January, the number of job searches among those fully laid off totalled 4,000, representing a decrease of 1,200 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 11,400, down 3,000 from January a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 2,100 from December. Examined by occupation, the number of people fully laid off increased in four groups and decreased in six groups. The number of people fully laid off increased the most in the groups of craft and related trades workers (900) and plant and machine operators, and assemblers (400). The number of people fully laid off decreased the most in the groups of service and sales workers (-6,300), elementary occupations (-800), office and customer service workers (-500) and technicians and associate professionals (-500). The number of laid-off people remained unchanged in the groups of armed forces.